The National Book Awards have been announced, and while Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl didn't win (sigh) in the Young People's Literature category, I can't completely fault the judges' taste because the one that did is Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Hurray! Congrats to Sherman Alexie and all the nominees.
I guess there were also some grown-up books in the running for other prizes or something. Or it could just be a rumor.
Thanks to Fuse #8 for the info.